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“The rising spectre of superbugs in India” comments on Chennai declaration


An article ‘Social determinants of antibiotic misuse:
a qualitative study of community members in Haryana, India’ published  in BMC Public Health journal comments on “Chennai declaration”


Antibiotic-resistant superbugs cast a dreaded spell

News on superbugs and Chennai declaration in The Hindu news paper


The mania to over-medicate

Live Mint article on antibiotic overuse quotes Coordinator of Chennai declaration

“And it’s not just excessive prescription of antibiotics, but underproduction of critical drugs that is causing this crisis, says Abdul Ghafur, consultant, infectious diseases and clinical microbiology, Apollo Specialty Hospital, Chennai……


Antibiotics misuse is a public health threat

 Khaleej Times article on antibiotic resistance comments on Chennai declaration…

“Dr Abdul Ghafur, Chennai-based infectious diseases consultant and coordinator of the ‘Chennai Declaration Recommendations’ — which was a move by several medical bodies to help formulate a national policy to tackle AMR— told Khaleej Times that most hospitals in India still do not take infection control very seriously”


Step-By-Step, India Tackles Its Antibiotic Problem

Science 151 website comments on Chennai declaration

“The basic principal of the Chennai Declaration is that you need to have an Indian-ised antibiotic policy,” said Dr Ghafur……


How India Became The Antibiotics Capital Of The World And Wasted The Wonder Cure

Huffington Post comments on Antibiotics resistance crisis in India and on Chennai declaration


The burdens of antibiotic resistance faced by developing countries

The Long+Short website comments on Antibiotic resistance issue and the importance of Chennai declaration


“Starter Resources on Antimicrobial Resistance” preparedby React group includes “Chennai declaration”

Indian Civil Service examination candidates now need to know what “Chennai declaration” is; considering its importance in the current affairs…


Carbapenem Resistance Patterns in General Intensive Care Unit of a Tertiary Care Hospital in India

An article on AMR in a medical journal comments on Chennai declaration..;year=2015;volume=1;issue=2;spage=85;epage=91;aulast=Tempe


Antimicrobial resistance control at Nepal Society for Internal Medicine (SIMON) conference 2015

Coordinator of Chennai declaration delivers a lecture in the SIMON conference

Beating antibiotic resistance in India through innovation and sustainable change

 Dr Himangi Bhardwaj, Senior Health Adviser, British High Commission, India and Professor Dilip Nathwani OBE, President of BSAC in article in Global Helath Action comments on Chennai declaration


A looming threat

An article in Deccan Herald comments on Chennai declaration


Initiatives to fight antimicrobial resistance

ESCMID(European Society of Clinical microbiology and Infectious Diseases) includes Chennai declaration in the list of leading initiatives in the world to tackle AMR


AMR control 2015″ , an excellent document written by well known international experts, released during World Health Assembly meeting 2015 . The chapter on Chennai declaration was contributed by Dr Ghafur, the coordinator of the declaration.


Dr Ghafur,co ordinator of chennai declaration comments on potential entries for Longitude prize.


Dr Ghafur, Cordinator of Chennai Declaration interviewed by BMJ for BMJ confidential column.


Teixobactin has raised hopes on several counts.and is, undoubtedly, a giant step, but that should not deter us from acting now on stopping misuse of available antibiotics says Dinesh C Sarma in Daily News Analysis.


Report from renowned economist Jim O’Neill has laid out a stark future of a world where bacterial resistance to antibiotics will cause 10 million more deaths a year. This grim vision will have a huge burden on our economy, costing up to $100 trillion by 2050 from loss of population.


Co -ordinator of  The Chennai Declaration is included as a jury and advisory member of The Longitude prize,announced by British prime minister.


Lord Martin Rees,Chairman of the Longitude committee writes  on the significance of Longitude prize.


A review article by Jean Carlet and team highlights Chennai declaration as one of the most important tackling resistant initiatives in the world.


Famous Indian  journalist Dinesh Sharma writes on “Longitude prize” 


‘Chennai declaration’ of India is compared to President Obama’s executive order in America to control antibiotic resistance – Read more in the the Official document of “The Longitude Prize”

Who wants to be a millionaire????

Longitude Prize 2014 is a challenge with a £10 million prize fund to help solve one of the greatest issues of our time-the rising antibiotic resistance !Read more on…..


Implementing Chennai declaration recommendations have helped Nigeria to control Ebola outbreak.

An article in Lancet, written by a group of Nigerian experts  reports that ,implementing Chennai declaration recommendations have helped Nigeria to control Ebola outbreak.


British parliamentary discussion appreciates Chennai declaration efforts.

British Parliament discussion on antibiotic resistance issue comments on Chennai declaration. Jane Ellison MP, who is also the British parliamentary under-secretary of health appreciated   Chennai declaration  efforts to rationalise antibiotic usage in India.


Nigeria lauds city help in Ebola fight :Experts from Nigeria, which could successfully control the Ebola outbreak, have acknowledged the role of the Chennai Declaration, an Indian initiative for tackling the challenge of antibiotics resistance in the country, in improving infection control:The Hindu.


We must change how antibiotics are used and adopt proactive strategies, similar to those used to save endangered species.The WAAAR declaration against antibiotic resistance.


Time to act on the ‘other’ health crisis – Publication of the Chennai Declaration led to changes in Indian law aimed at ending the sale of over the counter antibiotics …Editors note to CNN Tracey Guise is CEO of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Laura J.V. Piddock is Director of Antibiotic Action and Professor of Microbiology at the University of Birmingham.


Chennai Declaration is a good example of a multidisciplinary and national action, which was highly political-Antibiotic resistance: A geo-political issue.



The recommendations of internationally acclaimed ‘Chennai Declaration’ “A roadmap to tackle the challenges of antimicrobial resistance” have now come into public domain. We feel inspired by them and congratulate the team that worked on it says Dr P Narang ,President of Indian association of Medical Microbiology.


Academy of clinical Microbiologists reiterate support to the Chennai Declaration efforts and recommend implementation of its strategies in Inidan hospitals-Says t,Dr Renu Mathew,President,Academy of Clinical Microbiologists.


Antibiotic resistance-A ticking time bomb” : Session on antibiotic resistance  at Euroscience open forum(ESOF) at Copenhagen, the most prestigious science conference in Europe.

Dr Ann Glover,Chief scientific adviser to the president of European commission ; Henrik Wegener,the mastermind behind veterinary antibiotic regulation in Europe, Dr Abdul Ghafur,coordinator ,Chennai Declaration and  Birgitta Normak from Sweden discussed about various aspects of the resistance challenge.


Chennai declaration implementation in Nigeria.


Dr Gowrishankar ,Director,Centre for DNA fingerprinting and Diagnostics discusses about Indian initiatives ,Policies and perspectives on Antimicrobial Resistance in, Joint Programme Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) meet at Brussels.


Re Act group fromulates a policy document -The World´s Collective Responsibility to Conserve Antibiotic Effectiveness.


A study published in the  Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research  mentions Chennai declaration as a milestone in tackling antimicrobial resistance.


Policy brief of the meeting:”Antimicrobial resistance-An urgent global concern” Geneva,March 2014


Apollo Clinical Excellence forum reports on Chennai Declaration-Five Year plan.


Adopting Chennai declaration strategies in the prevention and control of the spread of multidrug- resistant hospital-acquired bacterial infections in Nigeria: A call to action.


IMA to ask doctors not to over-prescribe antibiotics – The Hindu.


Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists in the XXXVII National Conference held from 22nd ‑24th November 2013 endorsed the Chennai declaration Dr Reba Kanungo writes on endorsing Chennai Declaration and implementing the strategy.


The Graduate Institute-Public Event on 21st March 2014 Anti-Microbial Resistance – An Urgent Global Concern.

Keynote speakers at the event -Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer & Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Health, UK and Dr Abdul Ghafur, Coordinator, «Chennai Declaration» Chennai, India.To  learn more….


Restrictions on antibiotic sales-Dinesh C Sharma writes on the OTC rule.


Time you stopped popping those antibiotics – Livemint-Quotes Chennai declaration.


Chennai Declaration” 2012 is a national initiative taken by the medical community and the Indian government. Following the example, others can also take a step forward.-International Journal  Critical  Illness Injury Science.


Antimicrobial Resistance: A Call for Action -Interacademy medical panel mentions Chennai declarations efforts  as  examples of initiatives on antibiotic resistance in developing countries. 


Dr Arjun  Srinivasan, Associate director of Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Programmes in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention comments on Chennai Declaration.


Few doctors to combat infections in Chennai – The Times of India.


Call for the rational use of antibiotics.


Society of Infectious Diseases, Singapore has decided to endorse Chennai declaration.


Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases quotes Chennai declaration as its link(along with 8 other links like Royal Australasian college of Physicians).


Infectious Diseases Society of America supports Chennai Declaration.


Chennai Declaration: An initiative our country could be proud of! An editorial in IJMM.


Rationale drug usage – A long way ahead!Chennai declaration is an exemplary to combat antibiotic resistance -quotes an editorial in International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science.


The dual crises of antibiotic resistance and the failing antibiotic pipeline.Chennai declaration-A move to safeguard antibiotics says Laura Piddock in an article in Biochemical Society.


Antimicrobial resistance: a global view from the 2013 World Healthcare-Associated Infections Forum-Commentry in ARIC cites Chennai declaration.


What do we need to do to tackle antimicrobial resistance?Lancet article cites Chennai declaration.


The war on microbes-OPEN magazine mentions Chennai declaration.


MSF Medical Press Review – Highlights Chennai declaration’s efforts in tackling antibiotic resistance.


Strategic initiatives in developing countries are attracting growing attention—eg, the roadmap constructed to tackle the global challenge from an Indian perspective” -The Lancet Global health quotes Chennai declaration’s initiative.


Perseverance, persistence, and the Chennai declaration: Lancet article on the success of Chennai declaration.


Watch  the animation on”Why Antimicrobial Stewardship is Important” produced by the Mount Sinai Hospital – University Health Network Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.


Lancet Infectious Diseases report on the 53rd annual Inter-science Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) highlights “Chennai declaration”


Antibiotic action writes on Landmark antibiotic stewardship success in India.


UK chief Medical officer Dame sally Davies’ comment in  “The Hindu” on our new rule on  Over the counter sale of antibiotics.


Chennai Declaration” discussed at “Chatham House”(Institute of International affairs),London.


Coordiantor of Chennai Declaration speaks on -Antimicrobial resistance a global issue.


Spanish society news letter writes on Chennai Declaration.


Tufts university website comments on the New OTC rule.


The ESCMID President, Professor Gunnar Kahlmeter, congratulates all those involved in the OTC rule  and says :”The Chennai Declaration and the new Indian OTC rule are signals reaching far beyond the borders of India.


The BSAC President Dr Nicholas Brown applauded on the Indian initiative on the sale of OTC.


ReAct group highlights the rule of OTC sale.


ESCMID lists “Chennai Declaration” as one of the major international tackling resistance initiatives.


Chennai Declaration discussed in ICAAC 2013


Co ordinator of Chennai Declaration in ICAAC 2013-Meet the professor session.


ICMR to set up five nodal centres to tackle the challenge of microbial resistance.


India  Medicaltimes discusses the Five year plan of Chennai Declaration.


Chance to voice your view on antibiotic resistance – “The Hindu” highlights “Five year plan to tackle antibiotic resistance” developed by the “Chennai Declaration” team.


The global antibiotic resistance epidemic: How can we stem the tide? – Dr.Joshua Freeman Clinical Microbiologist, Auckland District Health Board – Discusses the need for political commitment and the need for internationally cordinated programmes to combat antibiotic resistance.The Chennai declaration efforts in this regard is also discussed.


Chennai Declaration:Tackling Antibiotic Resistance -Five Year plan.

This is the draft version of “five-year plan” prepared by the Chennai Declaration team. We have also incorporated suggestions received from other experts and the public. We have already submitted the draft plan to the Ministry of Health.

Please give us your suggestions so that “The Chennai Declaration-Five year plan” will be more comprehensive and practical.While preparing the plan we have followed the basic principle of Chennai Declaration initiative: A practical, implementable and step-by-step strategy to tackle antibiotic resistance for India and other developing countries.


International Congress on Patient Safety to discuss Chennai declaration


News letter from President,Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh discusses on College endorsement of “Chennai Declaration”.


“Preserve antibiotics” move goes global. Chennai declaration to serve as a model says president of the WAAAR group- Jean Carlet.


Antibiotic action UK mentions about global initiatives to tackle resistance.


Health ministry considering a new antibiotic policy.

Prize exam in Infectious Diseases on 30th August in Mumbai during


New National Anitbiotics Policy on anvil writes Ramya Kannan in The


John McConnell ,Editor of Lancet Infectious Diseases Tweets on Chennai Declaration


Coordinator of Chennai Declaration cajoled,pleaded and expounded in Australian Infectious Diseases Society’s Annual meeting.


Science editor Dinesh C Sharma writes about antibiotic policy and the need for Infectious Diseases training in “India Today”.


India should devise plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance.

Antimicrobial resistance is a serious global challenge. Every continent and country faces the menace of antibiotic resistant ‘superbugs,’ though the extent and the severity of the problem varies. There is, at present, no functioning national antibiotic policy nor any national policy to contain antimicrobial resistance in India. A draft policy published in 2011 has been put on hold due to  practical issues in implementing some of  the major recommendations.



Chennai Declaration holds the key for antibiotic resistance.

Indian medical experts and politicians reacted emotionally to the international uproar caused over two years ago by a study of the extent of antimicrobial resistance.
Support Chennai Declaration on antimicrobial resistance from the U.K.

Highlighting the need for strong action on antimicrobial resistance, the Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer for England says that local and national initiatives around the world, such as the Chennai Declaration, must be supported..
“Given the population flows between the U.K. and India, it can be seen that such initiatives can have a direct influence on U.K. health,” says the second of the two volumes of the CMO’s Annual Report on the state of the public’s health released on March 2013.


As appreciation pours in, Centre to study Chennai Declaration.

“Until recently, the international academic community was criticizing India for not making any significant contribution towards tackling antimicrobial resistance efforts. Now the whole world is praising an Indian initiative,’’ Dr. Abdul Ghafur, coordinator of the Chennai Declaration, told The Hindu. “Our image among the international community has definitely turned positive now. This is the time to consolidate this image by coming out with a national antibiotic policy incorporating the Chennai Declaration,” he said.



The Declaration covers a wide range of measures needed to be taken by various actors inside and outside of the Indian Government – among the issues in focus are rationalizing antibiotic usage including OTC (over the counter) sales, awareness and implementation of antibiotic stewardship , mandatory infection control in hospitals, standardized microbiology, broadened resistance surveillance, education of professionals and the public, veterinary usage of antibiotics, and the need of a National Task Force.


Meeting soon to discuss antibiotic policy and role of Chennai Declaration.

The Indian government has decided to study and discuss the document, with global appreciation pouring in for the Chennai Declaration on controlling antibiotic resistance.


Indian doctors applauded by the British Medical Journal for healthcare systems.

Describing the Chennai Declaration as a landmark step towards combatting the spread of antimicrobial resistance in India and worldwide, the British Medical Journal has said it demonstrates excellent progress and leadership on behalf of Indian doctors, who have translated worldwide guidelines on antimicrobial stewardship into solutions that can be readily implemented in India.


‘India should devise plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance’

Chennai Declaration holds key for antibiotic resistance.


The Chennai Declaration and its recommendation has been added in the Indian Administration Service Examinations syllabi.


The symposium is part of an ongoing campaign by Indian clinicians for a national policy to curb misuse of these vital drugs……….”As physicians, we have a responsibility for the future of India”


Alliance for the  Prudent Use of Antibiotics highlights Chennai Declaration’s initiative.


World health Assembly meeting discussed the “Chennai declaration” document on 21st may 2013.

Antibiotic Resistance – a Threat to Global Health Security and the Case for Action was held on 21st may 2013 as a part of World health assembly meeting. The meeting discussed on the importance of Chennai declaration recommendations to tackle antimicrobial resistance in developing countries.


ECCMID 2013 conference discusses Chennai Declaration recommendations.


2013 HAI Forum – Annecy, France, discusses Chennai Declaration.


Chennai Declaration Recommendations discussed at ICPIC Geneva.


Chennai declaration recommendations discussed at annual conference of Australian Infectious diseases society, Canberra, Australia.


Antibiotics could cost lives too! INDIAN EXPRESS reports.